HOW SAMURAI INFLUENCED MODERN MARTIAL ARTS
Posted on May 14 2019
by Zaremba Pavel
Martial arts as a whole is one of, if not the most, ancient form of sports activities and each culture has its unique history regarding martial arts. Throughout the entire history of the human race different nations had a huge impact on each other’s development in all spheres of life. But when discussing combat sports, there is one nation that stands out the most – Japan. Though, in this article, we’re going to discuss in greater detail a particular part of this Eastern country, a social group called samurai. These fearless warriors struck fear into their enemies and were considered to be the greatest swordsman of all time.
Samurai had a very strong sense of pride and discipline. They put their principles and the moral code above everything else. Having intense training in martial arts, swordsmanship, tactics, and spirituality, samurais were virtually unstoppable at the time. The true man of honor and pride. But you might wonder, what influence can this long forgotten culture have on modern martial arts, as we all know them today.
The truth is, that the main thing that combat sports practitioners try to adopt from samurais is not a certain fighting style or technique, but rather a mentality, a strong and unbending discipline. When it comes to training and competing, sometimes these two factors can be more important than the actual experience of fighting. If an athlete can stay focused on their goals throughout the entire training camp and achieve those goals one at a time, the success is almost always guaranteed. No wonder many great fighters are called “warriors” by the commentators, they leave a part of their soul inside the cage or a ring. Probably one of the best examples of a modern fighter becoming a true samurai is a French-Canadian former UFC Welterweight and Middleweight champion Georges “Rush” St Pierre. He was the embodiment of a strong-willed, disciplined person with good manners and an immense amount of talent when it comes to fighting. He was praised and loved by millions not only for his superb skills in every aspect of the sport but mostly for his humble and cheerful behavior.
There are plenty of things we can learn from our ancestors as well as other cultures and improve upon them. The world of fighting is a brutal one and in order to become the best you need to look up to someone who inspires you to become a better version of yourself. Samurai, despite being long forgotten by the rest of the world, are still a beacon of guidance to those fighters who seek a certain level of mental and spiritual development. That will remain unphased by time.